Al­tuve helps Astros win HR derby

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BAL­TI­MORE >> Stunned by an early bar­rage of home runs, the Hous­ton Astros put on an of­fen­sive show of their own to em­phat­i­cally end a five-game los­ing streak.

Jose Al­tuve home­red and had five RBIs, and Hous­ton ral­lied to beat the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 15-8 on Fri­day night de­spite al­low­ing four homers in the first in­ning.

Ge­orge Springer went 4-for-5 with a home run for the Astros, who also got long balls from Evan Gat­tis and Teoscar Her­nan­dez.

Early on, Hous­ton ap­peared des­tined to drop to .500 for the first time since June 1.

The Ori­oles be­came the first team in the modern era (since 1900) to open a game with four home runs be­fore mak­ing an out, ac­cord­ing to STATS. Adam Jones hit Collin McHugh’s first pitch into the seats in left field and Hyun Soo Kim sin­gled be­fore Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo home­red in suc­ces­sion.

Hous­ton an­swered with a five-run sec­ond to go up 6-5. Al­tuve capped the surge with a two-run dou­ble with two outs to chase Wade Mi­ley, who matched the short­est start of his ca­reer.

“You go from really be­ing shell-shocked in the first with the home runs — to knock­ing out their starter in the top of the sec­ond,” Astros man­ager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s hard to de­scribe, be­cause you’re not used to see­ing that at this level. But that was quite an out­burst for us.”

“I know that this game is go­ing to cre­ate some mo­men­tum,” Al­tuve said, “and we’re go­ing to keep win­ning games.”

Al­tuve be­came the first Astro to have 20 homers and 20 steals in a sea­son since Car­los Bel­tran in 2004.

Red Sox 10,Tigers 2

DETROIT >> David Or­tiz home­red and Rick Por­cello (17-3) pitched seven in­nings in his re­turn to Comer­ica Park in Bos­ton’s vic­tory.

Por­cello, who spent the first six sea­sons of his ca­reer with Detroit and moved to Bos­ton be­fore the 2015 sea­son, was pitch­ing in Detroit for the first time since the trade. Por­cello gave up two runs — one earned — four hits and two walks while strik­ing out eight.

Ath­let­ics 8,White Sox 0

CHICAGO >> Ken­dall Grave­man faced one bat­ter over the min­i­mum while throw­ing a two-hit­ter, Khris Davis hit his 31st home run and Oak­land beat Chicago to hand James Shields his 15th loss.

Rangers 6, Rays 2

ST. PETERS­BURG, FLA. >> Adrian Bel­tre led off con­sec­u­tive in­nings with home runs and Cole Hamels didn’t give up a hit un­til the sixth in Texas’ vic­tory over Tampa Bay.

Yan­kees 7,An­gels 0

ANA­HEIM, CALIF. >> New York hit four solo home runs and Masahiro Tanaka al­lowed five hits in 72⁄3 in­nings as the Yan­kees beat Los An­ge­les, which has lost 13 of 15.

Roy­als 5,Twins 4, 11 in­nings

KANSAS CITY, MO. >> Eric Hos­mer sin­gled in Ch­es­lor Cuth­bert with the win­ning run in the 11th in­ning to lift Kansas City over Min­nesota. NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

Rock­ies 7, Cubs 6, 11 in­nings

DEN­VER >> Ryan Raburn hit an RBI dou­ble and con­tin­ued home when Chicago threw away the re­lay, cap­ping a two-run rally in the 11th in­ning against Aroldis Chap­man and send­ing Colorado to vic­tory in a rain-de­layed game that ended well past mid­night.

Na­tion­als 7, Braves 6

AT­LANTA >> Clint Robin­son hit a tie-break­ing sin­gle with two outs in the ninth and Wash­ing­ton re­cov­ered af­ter giv­ing up a three-run lead in the eighth to beat At­lanta.

Car­di­nals 4, Phillies 3, 11 in­nings

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Ran­dal Grichuk home­red early, then hit an RBI dou­ble in the 11th in­ning that sent St. Louis over Philadel­phia for its fifth straight win.

Gi­ants 8, Mets 1

SAN FRAN­CISCO >> Johnny Cueto pitched seven ef­fec­tive in­nings and ended his sixs­tart win­less streak, and San Fran­cisco broke away late from New York to move ahead of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers for the NL West lead.

Reds 9, Dodgers 2

CINCIN­NATI >> Joey Votto hit a three-run homer, re­lief pitcher Michael Loren­zen also hit a three-run shot, and Cincin­nati beat Los An­ge­les to snap a nine-game los­ing streak to the Dodgers.

Mar­lins 6, Pi­rates 5

PITTS­BURGH >> Robert Andino hit a tie-break­ing sin­gle in the top of the ninth in­ning, then Mi­ami got An­drew McCutchen to ground into a game-end­ing dou­ble play with the bases loaded to hold off Pitts­burgh.

Padres 7, D’backs 4, 10 in­nings

SAN DIEGO >> Ryan Schimpf’s sec­ond homer of the game was a three-run shot in the 10th in­ning that gave San Diego a vic­tory over Ari­zona.

IN­TER­LEAGUE

Mariners 7, Brew­ers 6

SEAT­TLE >> Kyle Sea­ger got it started with a solo homer, and Robin­son Cano added a two-run shot, and Seat­tle won its sev­enth straight at Safeco Field.

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